Say howl-dy to Barrie, formerly known as Barry due to her dad thinking she was a boy! Barrie is a beautiful Anatolian Shepherd and was the deserved winner of our Rescue category at the 2020 Canine Critics’ awards. We all love a rescue dog and Barrie is no exception.
As part of her winner's prize, we sent Barrie to sniff out the best things to do in Sussex, where she and her human also gave the paw of approval to one of our top dog-friendly cottages. Here's what she got up to:
As a beach and sea lover I managed to convince my huMum to book us a short stay in Eastbourne. The criteria for the accommodation were short and simple: beach within walking distance; secure, fenced-off garden; and a good fish and chip shop nearby (this was one of Mum’s conditions). The choice turned out to be easy: Beach Hut at Eastbourne ticked off all the boxes plus a few extra – the lovely, dog-friendly Princess Park was less than 2 minutes from the house, and it is on a quiet street with plenty of parking spaces and just a short walk from the town centre (less than 1 mile).
Between just one adult and one dog (the house can host up to four adults and a dog), we had a choice of two beautifully decorated double bedrooms, a large living room area with a TV and very cosy sofas, and a dining room.
Despite the fact that Beach Hut is located in very a residential area, small touches inside - like turquoise wallpaper, and loads of photos and paintings - make you feel like you’re right on the seafront.
After less than 2 hours' driving from East London, we arrived at the Hut and quickly checked if the garden was secure (not that I have any problems with neighbours’ cats). We were delighted at how spacious and clean the property was! Fresh milk was waiting in the fridge, and the kitchen was well equipped and included a big fridge/freezer (handy if your dog is raw fed like me), dishwasher and washing machine. In the two bedrooms, the sheets and bedding were fresh and clean.
As we quickly discovered, Eastbourne is a very dog-friendly place; most cafes and restaurants have dog bowls with fresh water and dog treats, and the staff were oh-so-ready to spoil me. I very quickly learned where the best treats were, and we tended to make a few stops on each walk down to the main promenade. When my belly began to grumble, my human easily found a couple of dog-friendly restaurants and beer gardens.
About half an hour's walk from Beach Hut, we discovered Sovereign Harbour Marina, which boasted a large retail park with a grocery supermarket and well-known shops.
All Instapooches must pay a visit to Eastbourne’s Towner Art Gallery - the colourful façade makes a great background for Insta pics!
Just a 20-minute drive from the Beach Hut, we found ourselves in Seaford - a sweet little town with a long promenade along the beach heading to the hills of the Seaford Head Nature Reserve. Mum put her walking shoes on (I didn’t need any) and we braved a walk to Cuckmere Haven: a quiet, dog-friendly beach.
This pebble beach is surrounded by breathtaking white cliffs and my mum told me a fun fact: the beach has been used as a location for several films such as Harry Potter and Robin Hood. Make sure you take a selfie with Coastguard Cottages, making the most of the famous cliffs of the Seven Sisters Country Park in the background. Stay away from the cliff edge though!
After spending all day hiking, there was no better feeling than snuggling on the sofa with Mum in front of the TV with freshly battered fish from the local fish and chip shop. There are plenty of eateries to choose from, most within walking distance, but you can get a delivery straight to your door with most online takeaway delivery services.
All in all, we give Beach Hut 5 out of 5 paws!
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